Hubert Yoshida Interview Segment 2

Named after a famous pianist (ddr-densho-1000-506-1) - 0:01:27
Father's family background: born in Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-506-2) - 0:08:44
Father's early life in the Bay Area (ddr-densho-1000-506-3) - 0:06:03
Father's roots in Hawaii (ddr-densho-1000-506-4) - 0:03:31
Father's fond memories of UC Berkeley (ddr-densho-1000-506-5) - 0:03:27
Mother's family background (ddr-densho-1000-506-6) - 0:07:03
Memories of paternal grandparents: part of a large farming co-op (ddr-densho-1000-506-7) - 0:06:48
Parents' meeting and marriage (ddr-densho-1000-506-8) - 0:03:01
Hearing about a supportive community for parents after the bombing of Pearl Harbor (ddr-densho-1000-506-9) - 0:05:06
Memories of the train ride to camp (ddr-densho-1000-506-10) - 0:03:56
Memories of a violent attack at Poston (ddr-densho-1000-506-11) - 0:05:18
Hearing about the conflict over the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" (ddr-densho-1000-506-12) - 0:10:11
Recreational activities in camp (ddr-densho-1000-506-13) - 0:02:36
Leaving camp for Colorado (ddr-densho-1000-506-14) - 0:04:33
Being bullied in school (ddr-densho-1000-506-15) - 0:06:06
Receiving help from a non-Japanese American family friend (ddr-densho-1000-506-16) - 0:05:03
Moving to Watsonville, enjoying school (ddr-densho-1000-506-17) - 0:03:35
Reestablishing farm in Watsonville (ddr-densho-1000-506-18) - 0:04:25
Experiencing discrimination (ddr-densho-1000-506-19) - 0:07:05
Deciding to attend UC Berkeley (ddr-densho-1000-506-20) - 0:02:38
Studying physics and working with a Nobel Prize winner (ddr-densho-1000-506-21) - 0:08:09
Deciding to join the military, being rejected from Officer Candidate School (ddr-densho-1000-506-22) - 0:03:22
Meeting future wife and getting married (ddr-densho-1000-506-23) - 0:03:48
Recollection of last day with wife before being sent overseas (ddr-densho-1000-506-24) - 0:10:58
The journey overseas, importance of Christian faith (ddr-densho-1000-506-25) - 0:04:21
Role as a Marine Corps officer in Vietnam (ddr-densho-1000-506-26) - 0:04:52
Being called in during Operation Utah, one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War (ddr-densho-1000-506-27) - 0:06:42
Strategic decisions during Operation Utah (ddr-densho-1000-506-28) - 0:12:07
Awarded the Bronze Star (ddr-densho-1000-506-29) - 0:05:30
Reuniting with wife and deciding to leave the military (ddr-densho-1000-506-30) - 0:03:57
Reflections (ddr-densho-1000-506-31) - 0:03:44
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Father's family background: born in Hawaii

0:08:44 — Segment 2 of 31

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Hubert Yoshida

Hubert Yoshida Interview

2:50:06 — 31 segments

April 7, 2022

Emeryville, California

Sansei male. Born April 20, 1939, in Salinas, California. Grew up in Watsonville, California, where father's parents farmed. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston concentration camp, Colorado. Lived for a time in Colorado before the family returned to farm in Watsonville. Attended school in Watsonville and eventually studied physics at UC Berkeley. Volunteered for the military and became an officer in the Marine Corps. Served overseas during the Vietnam War, earning a Bronze Star for service as a platoon commander during Operation Utah, one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. After leaving the Marine Corps, worked in the IT field with IBM and eventually as the CTO of Hitachi Vantara.

Tom Ikeda, interviewer; Dana Hoshide, videographer


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